Midterm Stress

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By Catherine Kastberg

This is a very stressful time during the semester. Midterms are winding down, projects are starting up and it seems like you never get a moment to just breathe and calm down. It is so important not to let stress get the best of you. Here are some tips that you should try if you are feeling stressed.

Ohm… Yoga is one of the best ways to de-stress. It helps to keep both your body and soul fit, as well as helping to teach you the art of concentration, which works to release the tension in your muscles. Yoga is a very calming and focused workout that forces you to pause and reflect. It is a great way to make sense of your mind even when it seems to be running in different directions. The RamFit Center offers numerous yoga classes at various times, so one is sure to fit into your schedule. These times are Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays at 1:00 p.m.

Sometimes, something as simple as a nice walk or jog can help to clear your head. Fall is a wonderful season to visit the Botanical Gardens to get some fresh air. Not only is the landscape scenic and beautiful, but it is also always quiet and enchanting. You completely forget that you are in the middle of the Bronx or amidst crazy schoolwork.

Maybe your stress is coming from a deeper place, like a recent fight with a friend or a bad decision. Take the time to reflect on your recent actions and determine if they are the real root of your anger. Forgiving someone will lift a huge weight off your shoulders. It is not good to hold on to grudges and let them weigh you down. Maybe even consider attending Mass or Reconciliation. As Fordham students, we are so fortunate to attend a school that offers these so frequently. Liturgies and Reconciliation are offered every day of the week except Saturdays.

Here is a fun one: do something spontaneous and nice for yourself. Take advantage of Fordham’s close proximity to the city and go on a mini-shopping spree. Lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Treat yourself to a nice dinner. The city is full of amazing restaurants with any food you could imagine. You could even do something as simple as sending yourself a bouquet of flowers. Not only will they help to brighten up your room, but who doesn’t like flowers?!

Cry it out. Sometimes all you really need is to turn on a sad movie and let it all out, or even put on a sad playlist with a friend and let go. Release all the pent up emotions and I promise you will feel better. There are so many different ways to de-stress your life. Try out one of these ideas, or come up with something on your own. Just remember that everything is going to be ok.